What is it, that sets us apart?
gewerkdesign provides custom-made solutions, resorting to creative ideas from all areas of design. These different creative sources serve as tools for making concepts, content and mental images visible, beforehand contemplating about the topics, the rooms and implications carefully. By taking into account the views of all parties involved, gewerkdesign is able to make creative decisions that have a positive influence on the exhibition space, graphics, products, media applications and projects.
A creative process seldom resembles a straight line, it is a dynamic process rather like an organic, dynamic movement.
30. September 2020
• Colonialism, Industry & Resistance
Only a few days after opening the »Medienwelten – Media Worlds« exhibition in Bremen, we are returning to Germany’s north for another exhibition. With its special exhibition »Boundless«, the Museum der Arbeit in Hamburg contributes to the current debate on how Hamburg deals with its colonial history and to the discussion on the long-term consequences of colonial power structures. The project consequently challenges the Eurocentric perspective on this topic and integrates the perspectives of people from colonised countries and their descendents into the exhibition. The exhibition’s concept and its content were therefore created in cooperation with non-governmental experts and members of these countries’ civil societies. Their participation supplemented the work of the museum and provided knowledge and experiences which heretofore had been represented but little. The cooperation led to an intensive examination of Hamburg’s colonial history and the traces left of it in the city; it brought up biographical references into the former colonized territories as well as experiences of racism living in a social majority of whites. In addition to the exhibition, which due to the current pandemic couldn’t be opened with a festive event, the museum will host a variety of events inviting the audience for discussions and interchange.
Where: Museum of Work, Wiesendamm 3, 22305 Hamburg
When: 30. September 2020 – April 2021
Flyer/Illustration: Diana Ejaita
26. September 2020
• 75 Years of Radio Bremen
We gladly present the first of our exhibitions during this year’s pandemia: the special exhibition »Medienwelten – Media Worlds« takes us to Focke-Museum, where Radio Bremen celebrates its 75th anniversary. For this anniversary, the exhibition presents the station’s vast archives and, being the smallest substation of the German federal broadcasting service ARD, also Radio Bremen’s history. The exhibition starts with the postwar period, when radio was the most important medium for information and entertainment, and leads up to the age of tri-media, in which the audience resorts to different media platforms. In addition to discussing the German media, their role in society, and their future, the exhibition also presents political aspects: which challenges does the non-commercial public radio face today? Should journalists flag their own political opinion? What part does digitalization play in this? And just how independent is the public broadcasting service? These questions and others are being addressed by experts in video interviews, while interactive exhibits invite the visitors’ participation. Enjoy the exhibition!
Where: Focke-Museum, Schwachhauser Heerstr. 240, 28213 Bremen
When: 26. September 2020 – 31. May 2021
24. August 2020
• NS Documentation Centre Freiburg
In 2021 the city of Freiburg will build a documentation and information centre on National Socialism. A permanent exhibition will illustrate life before, under, and after the time of NS dictatorship. Possibly today more than ever, bringing into consciousness the individual and collective dangers during the time of the NS regime and beyond will be the guiding line for implementing and communicating a culture of remembrance at the documentation centre in Freiburg. This is a major point of reference for the exhibition concept, comprising notable stages of NS pre-history, the establishing and radicalization of the NS regime, and leading up to its end and its after-effects. The exhibition will focus on the area and town of Freiburg. In addition to the exhibition, a memorial and education centre for younger visitors will be established. How do the twelve years of Nazi regime effect the reality of today’s youth? How do they relate to current arguments and to today’s forms of exclusion and violence? Which conclusions do I draw from the past for my own actions here and now? Who could serve as a role model and why? These questions are being brought up at a central meeting point in Freiburg: the Rotteckhaus. gewerkdesign will create a concept for the exhibition as a result of their winning the design contest.
When: probably starting at the end of 2021
The name of our company states our agenda. The Middle High German term »gewerk« was first noted in the 13th century. Our company’s founders found the term very appealing because it aptly described their conceptual, interdisciplinary design approach, when they founded the company in 1993 – perhaps today even more so:
• describing a unit working together with other units
• a facility setting something in motion
• an entirety of handycraftsmen, guild
• the wickerwork of spiders, the honeycomb of bees
• place or institution, in which tasks are performed
(cited from: Grimm, J. and W. – Deutsches Wörterbuch 1854 und Paul, H. – Deutsches Wörterbuch, 1897.)
Phonetically, the German term »gewerk« goes well with the English term »design«. Combining these two terms also indicates how design in our opinion is more than its separate creative disciplines. Only by combining many different kinds of creative skills and entering the designing process together with our clients we are able to create design solutions that are durable and effective, and a design process that is a design creation in itself.
Underlining this special design approach, the terms »gewerk« und »gewerkdesign« have been trademarked in 2008.
gewerk is also a place where our skills are being pooled together, a place for working and communicating. It usually is here that first introductions are made and first meetings take place.
The office provides room for interconnecting the creative skills of our experienced and talented scenographic artists, architects, graphic designers, media designers, product designers, and interior designers.
We value a friendly atmosphere and treat each other with respect and kindness.
Profile: Roughly, our projects can be divided into three different phases: evaluation, design, and implementation. Our team offers all three of these services. In order to see the approved design translated into the imagined form, trusting us with the implementation phase of the project is especially important. Resulting from this particular approach are both a design product and a process custom-made for our clients.
Evaluation: In the beginning of a designing process it is of key importance to thoroughly register the task in its entirety and to take all its complex implications into account. Best practice for this is listening attentively and observing the rooms and situations to be designed carefully. Working together, communicating openly and at eye level, the project with gather momentum and live up to its potential.
Design: As soon as the evaluation is complete, the next task is to agree upon a design solution and to identify the creative tools and resources that will lead to this solution, rendering the design process constructive, time-saving, and cost-efficient for all involved.
Implementation: For the implementation phase it takes experience, reliability and perseverance. Many of our clients have been working with us for years, rely on several of our services and entrust us with their projects through many stages of its development.
We assemble our team according to the respective phase of the project and rely on a network of partners and experts for very specific tasks.
In the roughly 20 years of our company’s existence, we have accompanied more than 130 exhibitions and complex museum projects. We offer the experiences gathered from these projects to our clients for other projects as well, for instance creating durable brand designs (Berlin Congress Center since 2002 bcc), globally trend-setting products (velotaxis City Cruiser I, II and Delivery Crusier), or internationally awarded graphic designs (Logo of the Berlin Wall). We also provide consultancy services for project management and design processes, and organize strategy workshops for developing a sustainable future vision for a project (Masterplan study Bremer Landesmuseum).
ALKO / Amerikanische Botschaft Berlin / Amt für Kultur der Stadt Dessau-Roßlau / ARD Hauptstadtstudio / ARD Stuttgart / Asklepios Klinik Hamburg-Harburg / ASTAK e.V. Berlin
Bauhaus-Archiv, Museum für Gestaltung Berlin / BBWA Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften / bcc Berlin Congress Center GmbH / Berlin Bürgerbüro e.V. Berlin / Berliner Forsten – Landesforstamt / Berliner Forum für Geschichte und Gegenwart e.V. / Berliner Nicolai Verlag / Berolina Strahlau / Bertelsmann AG Berlin / Bitan GmbH Berlin / Bundesanstalt für Arbeit / Bundesbeauftragter für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (BStU) Berlin
Caesar – Center of Advanced European Studies and Research Bonn / Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin / Complan Medien GmbH Hamburg / Cronos Verlag, Zürich
Danfoss Universe Nordborg (Dänemark) / Das Verborgene Museum, Berlin / Der Beauftragte für Kunst und Medien der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Berlin / Design Zentrum Bremen / Deutsche Bahn AG Berlin / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie Berlin / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gefäßchirurgie Berlin / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gefäßchirurgie Dresden / Deutsches Architektur-Museum Frankfurt / Deutsches Museum München / Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin / Deutschlandradio Kultur Berlin / DSK Deutsche Stadt- und Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft Wiesbaden
envirosax Pty Ltd Southport (Australien) / Europäische Kommission Berlin
Fernuniversität Hagen / Fiedler Architekten / Focke-Museum – Bremer Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte / Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Galerie am Lützowplatz Berlin / Gasometer Oberhausen GmbH / Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen / Georg-Kolbe-Museum Berlin / Grün Berlin GmbH / Gruner + Jahr Druck- und Verlagshaus Hamburg
Haferl AG Zug (Schweiz) / Hansestadt Wismar / Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte Potsdam / Havelklinik Berlin / Hertha BSC GmbH + Co. KG / hhpberlin Ingenieurgesellschaft für Brandschutz mbH / Hochschule für Künste im Sozialen Ottersberg / Hochschule Luzern / Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin SODA.WORKS
Industriemuseum Chemnitz / Institut für Tropenmedizin Charité Berlin / Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin / Interstuhl Büromöbel GmbH + Co. KG Meßstetten-Tieringen
JOVIS Verlag Berlin / Jüdisches Museum Berlin / Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt/M. / Jüdisches Theater Stockholm
Knesebeck Verlag München / Koehler & Amelang, Leipzig / Kulturinstitut der Stadt Braunschweig / Kulturstiftung des Bundes / Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz
Leibniz Universität Hannover / Lexington Communications GmbH Berlin / Lufthansa Consulting GmbH Köln / Luther Gedenkstätten Wittenberg / LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern
Max Planck Gesellschaft, Harnack-Haus / Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. München / mementoFilm GmbH Berlin / Modulor GmbH Berlin / MODUS Möbel GmbH Berlin / Museum für Kommunikation Berlin / Museum für Kommunikation Bern / Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt/M. / Museum für Kommunikation Hamburg / Museum für Kommunikation Nürnberg / Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg / Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund / Museum für Natur und Mensch Oldenburg / Museum für Naturkunde Berlin / Museum für Sepulkralkultur Kassel / Museum Neukölln Berlin / Museum Strauhof Zürich / Museum Wolfenbüttel
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Mirakain) Tokio / Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern / Nicolai Verlag Berlin / Nobel Museum Stockholm / Norstedts Verlag, Stockholm
Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung Berlin
Ostfriesisches Landesmuseum Emden
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Fakultät Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Noddack-Haus
Porzellanfabriken Christian Seltmann GmbH Weiden / Posteo e.V., Berlin / Projektbüro Gartenregion Hannover
Ricordi & C.S.r.l. Mailand (Italien)
Sandstein Verlag Dresden / SCC Events / Schiffahrtsmuseum der oldenburgischen Unterweser e.V. / Schwedische Botschaft Berlin / Schwedisches Architekturmuseum Stockholm / Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung Berlin / Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Berlin / Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen Thüringen Frankfurt/M. / Sprengel Museum Hannover / Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden / Stadt Doberlug-Kirchhain / Stadt Wolfenbüttel / Städtische Museen Freiburg / Stadtmuseum Oldenburg / Stadtverwaltung der Wartburgstadt Eisenach / Stadtverwaltung Hohen Neuendorf Berlin / Stanford University Press, Stanford, California / Stiftung Berliner Mauer / Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin / Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden / Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung Berlin / Stiftung Gedenkstätten Buchenwald und Mittelbau-Dora / Stiftung Jüdisches Museum Berlin / Stiftung niedersächsische Gedenkstätten Celle / Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg Potsdam / Stiftung Sächsische Gedenkstätten, Gedenkstätte Bautzen / Stiftung Sächsische Gedenkstätten, Gedenkstätte Münchner Platz Dresden / Stiftung Sächsische Gedenkstätten, Gedenkstätte Pirna-Sonnenstein / Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf / Stiftung Schloß Eutin / Stiftung Topographie des Terrors Berlin / stilwerk Berlin / Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin
Technische Universität Eindhoven / Technoseum, Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit Mannheim / Tivola Verlag Berlin / Transcript Verlag
Übersee-Museum Bremen / Universität der Künste Berlin / Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein Campus Lübeck / Universitätsstadt Marburg
Veloform GmbH Berlin / Velotaxi GmbH Berlin / Verborgenes Museum Berlin / Vertretung der Europäischen Kommission in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland / VolkswagenStiftung Hannover
Wartburg-Stiftung Eisenach / Whisky & Cigars Berlin / Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung Bremen / WonderWolf Productions Düsseldorf / Worpsweder Touristik- und Kulturmarketing GmbH / WUSEUM, SV „Werder“ von 1899 e.V. Bremen
Züricher Hochschule der Künste
We admit that it might sound a bit idealistic, but we believe that a good design will have positive effects on our work and life in general. Therefore we sometimes dedicate some of our time and financial resources to implementing one of our own concepts.
This might be an event (e.g. a workshop about luck and felicity at Bazon Brock’s »Denkerei«), a publication (e.g. a richly illustrated monograph about Nelly Sachs together with the writer Aris Fioretos) and sometimes an item surmounting lingual barriers (the sign language card game »Nomo« together with Andy Costrau).
Pursuing our own projects sharpens our design focus, liberates us from restraints for a while and allows us to explore new design areas.
There are many projects waiting to be implemented … stay in touch to see what happens next!
Approaching more and more complex design tasks, we could hardly do without a network of skilled experts, inspiration, and talents. We constantly seek to broaden our horizon and improve the skills of our teams. We would therefore like to encourage you to get in touch and send us an application! Please submit your resume via email and indicate why you think your skills suit our profile.
We offer two internships – one for three-dimensional design, one for two-dimensional/media design. The internships are open for students from all design areas, who need to do an internship for completing their studies. The appropriate duration of the internship is between three and six month. Please give us a call in order to check if the respective positions are vacant and send us your pdf application via email.
If we invite you for an interview, it would be very interesting for us to see how you’ve reached your design conclusions: feel free to show us your sketch books, models, and works in progress.
Many of our competitions have evolved into projects and some of our projects have won international awards. But of course we don’t win every competition. Nontheless we are proud of the designs submitted to these competitions and consider them quite presentable.
If you plan to invite us for a competition or a negotiation for a project, we would appreciate giving us a short personal notice beforehand. It would make it easier for us to determine, whether the competition’s conditions suit our profile and our capacities.
A comprehensible tender answering all of the basic questions (who, what, where, when, why and how much?), too, will make it easier for us to commit to the competition. As a matter of course, the decision-making procedure should be transparent, the selection should be fair, and the jury should be competent and mentioned by name.
If you are unsure, whether your competition meets the requirements and codes of ethics for design competitions, please refer to the German Architectural Association (Architektenkammer) or the Association of Exhibition Designers VerA for further information.